Recognizing that their identify is related to slavery, nation music group Lady Antebellum introduced they’re rebranding themselves as their half to ‘do higher.’
“As a band, we’ve strived for our music to be a refuge…inclusive of all,” wrote the band now previously often called Lady Antebellum at first of the June 11 assertion that introduced their identify change. The nation music group – consisting of Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley – mentioned that they are going to now be often called Lady A after their “hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened vast to the injustices, inequality, and biases Black ladies and men have at all times confronted and proceed to face day-after-day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.
“After a lot private reflection, band dialogue, prayer and plenty of trustworthy conversations with a few of our closest Black pals and colleagues, we’ve determined to drop the phrase ‘antebellum’ from our identify and transfer ahead as Lady A, the nickname our followers gave us nearly from the beginning,” the band continued. “After we set out collectively nearly 14 years in the past, we named our band after the southern “antebellum” type residence the place we took our first pictures. As musicians, it reminded us of all of the music born within the south that influenced us… However we’re regretful and embarrassed to say that we didn’t have in mind the associations that overwhelm this phrase referring to the interval of historical past earlier than The Civil Conflict, which incorporates slavery. We’re deeply sorry for the harm this has brought on and for anybody who has felt unsafe, unseen, or unvalued.”
“We really feel like we’ve been Woke up, however this is only one step,” the band continued. “There are numerous extra that have to be taken. We need to do higher. We’re dedicated to analyzing our particular person and collective influence and making the required adjustments to follow antiracism. We’ll proceed to teach ourselves, have arduous conversations, and search the elements of our hearts that want pruning—to develop into higher people, higher neighbors. Our subsequent outward step might be a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative via LadyAID. Our prayer is that if we lead by instance…with humility, love, empathy, and motion…we could be higher allies to these affected by spoken and unstated injustices whereas influencing our youngsters & generations to come back.”
Although the literal Latin translation of “antebellum” means “after the battle,” because the band famous, the time period has change into broadly related to the pre-Civil Conflict south. “I’ve to provide Charles credit score for the band identify,” Hillary mentioned in a 2017 interview with the Aiken Commonplace. “He and Dave referred to as me on speakerphone once we have been attempting to nail down a reputation, and I used to be like, ‘So, are y’all OK with being in a band named ‘Lady Antebellum’?’ And so they mentioned, ‘Yeah, it’s actually cool.’ I bear in mind pondering, if we get a file deal, that’ll be the very first thing to go, however in some way it caught.”
“Charles needed to clarify to me what an antebellum residence was, that it was a method of structure,” she added, “as a result of I missed that day in Tennessee historical past class, however we favored the way it sounded. It sounded nation, and it had this layer of nostalgia. However as soon as (followers began) calling us ‘Lady A,’ I used to be like, “Let’s simply maintain it that manner.”
Lady A made its debut in 2006 and rapidly rose to the highest of the charts. Their first three albums have been licensed platinum or larger by the RIAA, and 9 of their songs have reached No. 1 on the Scorching Nation Songs / Nation Airplay charts. They’re finest identified for “Want You Now” and “Simply A Kiss.” They’re a multi-Grammy Award-winning group, having received Finest Nation Album and File of the 12 months for 2010’s Want You Now.